Brought to you by Good Health magazine
Should I take a break from the Pill? Ditch my cheap sunnies? Avoid artificial sweeteners? We answer your burning health questions with definitive answers. By Pip Harry.
Can I catch my partner's athlete's foot by sharing a shower?
YES. Your beloved's manky toes are contagious. "People often catch tinea
by walking barefoot where there are fragments of skin or nail shed by an infected person," says dermatologist Dr Belinda Welsh. "This most commonly occurs around swimming pools and public showers, but it can also be picked up in showers at home."A quick solution? Get them to wear rubber thongs until the infection clears.
Does my body ever need a break from the Pill?
Most women take the Pill for 21 days out of a 28-day cycle (sugar pills are taken for the remaining seven days) but doctors say there's no need to take a more extended 'break' from the Pill every few years, unless you're suffering from unwanted side effects. "There's no evidence that women need a break from the Pill,"says obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Gino Pecoraro. "If women want to have a break, they can, but there's no medical need."
Do detox diets work?
In a word, no. Our lungs, liver, kidneys and intestines take on the role of keeping our bodies free of impurities, says accredited practising dietitian Megan Alsford. "Our body is very good at detoxing itself without the use of pills, potions or restrictive diets," she says. "Simply eat healthily and cut down on alcohol, stop smoking, drink plenty of water and your body will do the rest."
Do stronger pelvic floor muscles really give me a stronger orgasm?
YES! Yet another compelling reason to do your kegels: stronger pelvic floor muscles produce more powerful orgasms. "One of the things that happens at orgasm is that you get contractions of the pelvic floor," says Pecoraro. "So if that muscle is better toned, you're going to have better contractions, so women may feel it more intensely."
Do cheap sunglasses damage my eyes?
NO. "All sunglasses sold in Australia have to meet stringent Australian Standards,
so wearing cheaper sunglasses won't damage your eyes," says Shirley Loh of
the Optometrists Association of Australia. "Just be wary that cheap sunglasses bought overseas might not meet these standards."Look for the UV labels, which
are required to appear on sunglasses.
For the full story, see the June issue of Good Health. Subscribe to Good Health and receive 12 issues of Good Health & 6 FREE issues of The Australian Women's Weekly that's 18 issues for just $69.95!